New Comfort System Installation Tips

Merritt Island Air & Heat has been an independent Trane Comfort Specialist™ dealer since the merger of General Electric and Trane over 30 years ago. We are also proud to be the only Dave Lennox Premier Dealer in Brevard County. We have partnered with these companies because we truly believe they have the best equipment for us to offer to you as our customers. Our residential customers receive 24-hour emergency service, extended warranty contracts, preventative maintenance, and a free second opinion on all service related issues. Our own Blue Ribbon Guarantee will back each residential installation for one year, giving you complete peace of mind knowing that we stand behind our products and installation.

What truly sets Merritt Island Air & Heat apart from other companies is the quality and value we offer; which have enabled us to serve Brevard County for over 30 years and counting. Air conditioning systems have evolved over time, offering new technology and more efficient equipment.
When the time comes for a new system installation, be sure to consider these three critical steps noted below:

1) The first priority for Merritt Island Air & Heat when we arrive at your home is to qualify the size of the unit to fit into your space. If your equipment is too large for your home, you will experience increased cost and less comfort. Oversized equipment will operate in short run times or cycles, not allowing the unit to reach efficient operation or deliver even temperatures throughout the home. Don’t assume that the size of your new system will be the same. There may have been changes to the house such as insulation or additions; or the equipment may have been too large from the start. A “Manual J” measurement will tell us exactly what size system you will need. Don’t forget to ask your contractor for a copy of your “Manual J” heat load before you hire him!

2) After the size of the equipment is determined, we check your duct system. Can your current duct system deliver the amount of air needed to cool the house and get the maximum efficiency? A study done by the North Carolina Alternative Energy Corp. found that a deficiency of 20% in airflow reduces the seer rating by 17%. In the same study, they found 40% of insulations failed to meet minimum airflow criteria. The key is to make sure the ductwork is large enough so the money you’re spending on a high-end unit is adequately supported.

3) Finally, we check to be sure your new system is properly charged. Make certain your contractor has the correct tools to properly charge the unit. At Merritt Island Air & Heat, we use digital sub-cooling units to make sure your system is correctly charged. A study at Texas A&M University found that systems that are 23% undercharged could result in a 52% efficiency loss. It’s critical to make sure the contractor takes his time when charging the unit and that he has the proper tools to do so.

We’re sharing this critical information because at Merritt Island Air & Heat we take pride in providing our customers with quality and value to help give them the peace of mind they should expect when hiring a licensed and insured air conditioning contractor. Call us today!